September 25, 2019


Active Optical Systems started in 2005 by developing the lowest-cost high-quality deformable mirror on the market. AOS then developed the low-cost wavefront sensor products on the market today by leveraging the advances in USB and FireWire (1394) interface cameras. Today, we support virtually every kind of camera including Camera Link, USB 3.0, and PoE cameras. By using these camera technologies, AOS developed both conventional wavefront-sensor adaptive optics systems and metric AO systems. The most recent work at AOS has been in demonstrating laser beam shaping systems and more conventional piezoelectric actuator plate-type deformable mirrors that exceed many of the specifications of any other vendor of this technology.

Today, AOS is a one-stop shop for all beam control needs. AOS has low-cost systems for research and educational institutions and high-end systems for industrial and military applications. Please call us or e-mail us for information on any of our products that are not described in detail on the website.

Mission & Philosophy

At AOS, we believe in the promise of adaptive optics. We are doing more to bring that promise to the market today by fighting the three major barriers to the mass adoption of adaptive optics: cost, complexity, and inertia. We have designed our systems to be low-cost by inventing new ways of creating the traditionally high-cost items like deformable mirrors, wavefront sensors, and drive electronics using low-cost parts, while creating our systems with sufficient flexibility to use a wide range of existing hardware as well. We are building our AO systems and control software to be smart enough that the system designer need not be an AO expert to use them. We are working to show the world the real promise of AO and how incorporating it into many optical systems can actually reduce the cost of bringing these systems to market.

Corporate Partners

AOS is a proud affiliate of MZA Associates Corporation. MZA has been developing directed energy weapons systems since 1991 and is a world-leader in directed energy software.

Latest AOS Software Products

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Customer Policies

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